November Mix and Match

November is a very busy month here. There is a lot going on, much to do and, frankly, not much time for crochet.

However, I have managed to keep up to date with the temperature blanket (lterally 10 minutes a square) and made a start on the Spirit of November. It’s only a start, especially as we are only halfway through the month.

The colours may result in being very few! The temperature range so far has been minimal. It will be interesting to see what the rest of the month brings – and I don’t feel bad that this blanket will probably go well into December before being finished.

I’m varying the size of the blocks this time, and joining as I go.

It won’t make for such a considered look, but is cutting down on the production time.

I also have a couple of ‘one evening’ projects finished. Here’s a sneaky view of them.

I’ll be doing another after the weekend. It has to be finished before Wednesday!

Just a couple of Grannies!

You may have seen these on Instagram a couple or so days ago. Two identical grannies left over from a previous project. Such a waste! What to do with them?

I had an idea that was worth a try. It may not be original, but I haven’t seen anything quite like it – and it worked, and here’s the result.

A pair of fingerless gloves fit for a Princess! Modelled by our own little 8 year old Princess who now owns her own version.

The above are listed on Etsy if anyone is interested. Ideal for a stocking filler.

Five Colour Friday

Today’s Five Colour Friday has a definite Autumnal feel.

Five colours from the Stylecraft Special DK range. They go together very well – with just a little splash of contrast to bring the combination alive.

Together they make a particularly striking blanket.

Lobelia, Citron, Spice, Copper and Tomato

Tomato makes a lovely joining colour. If you want to vary the position of the colours a total of 120 different combinations is possible. They will make a stunning blanket whichever style or stitch you use – maybe a corner to corner, or a ripple blanket. Vary the placement or use in rotation.

Don’t forget, let me know if you use the combination and use the hashtag #nuvofeltfivecolours  If you make use of it I hope you will let me know either below or on instagram.   You can find all posts in this series via this link.

 

 

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Meanwhile…

… quietly waiting in the wings (and in need of a lot more work).

Little did I imagine that a Temperature Blanket would be the gateway to inspiration! It was intended to be a record of the seasons from December to November, but the project has turned into something much bigger.

You will remember that I showed you October at the end of the month, the block finished, but waiting to be incorporated into the blanket with those of the other months. I haven’t started that yet, I’m planning on leaving it until the Spirit of November is finished – and that isn’t even started yet. The above shows the daily spread of temperatures, and some were repeated more than once, as you can imagine, while others only occurred once. This was the pattern for all the months, so I decided that yet another blanket would materialise, showing the temperatures with slightly more emphasis.

I didn’t begin this until just a couple of months ago, so have worked just 5 months so far, but it does give a better idea of how the temperatures have ranged. I’m calling it ‘Sprit of the Seasons’.

These squares are complete, to a degree, but, as you will see from the next photo, they are different sizes.

The colours in the middle represent those temperatures that occurred least during the month with the outside edge showing the one that occurred most. It isn’t very easy to see in the collage above – clicking on individual pictures may help.

I’m already inspired to keep going – but in a different way for next month. It’s a secret for now, but November is already passing so quickly it won’t be long before it’s revealed!

 

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October is almost done!

The squares for the Spirit of October are complete – apart from the ends, of course.

The joining has begun, and it won’t be too long before I can start on the border.

I tried to take a photo, but it’s a very dull day! I’ll be working on it again tomorrow.

Come back tomorrow and I’ll tell you about my ‘secret’ project. It won’t be finished any time soon, but I did promise to tell you once October was finshed.

 

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October

Here we are in November. October was an interesting month for us, a visit to Edinburgh wasn’t planned until almost the last minute, and ran hot on the heels of our cruise. We have no plans for travel now until next year – but who knows where fancy might take us if my other half has a moment of travel inspiration. It won’t be too far away from home, though, of that I’m sure.

The next couple of months are busy. Crochet may well have to take a back seat, although I should get a little done each evening if all is well. It’s always good to see the colours of the month together, and here is the October block of the Temperature blanket, showing rather well co-ordinated colours I think, do you agree?

This will need edging (as will all the other blocks) once November is finished. I have yet to make a start on that, though, as I’m trying to finish the October Spirit blanket. The small November squares won’t take long to finish – I’ll do them this weekend.

So; the Spirit of October is about a third of the way to being finished. I’ve returned to large blocks for this blanket, and they are taking a long time to complete.

The colours are lovely and gentle so I’m looking forward to finishing it. November has been misty and chillier, already different colours! I wonder what the next few days will bring.

 

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Temperature update and a heads up!

It doesn’t seem possible that my Temperature Blanket is almost done. Well, when I say ‘done’, I have to admit that there is quite a lot of joining to do, but the squares are currently up to date.

These are the last four days, but this morning we woke to our first frost, so I have to say that today seems as though it’s going to be a Wisteria sort of day!

I began the blanket on December 1st last year. I wanted to record the seasons rather than a calendar year – so I’m due to finish on the last day of November. However, I don’t think I’ll be able to stop, so I’m already thinking about what I’ll do this coming year. At least I’m giving it some thought this time. Last year I decided to go ahead right at the end of November. In truth, I hadn’t heard of a Temperature Blanket much before that. Would anyone like to join me for next year? If I get a positive response I’ll post more details. By the way, you don’t have to stick with crochet to keep this sort of record – you could knit, stitch, embroider or patch. I’ll give you ideas if you need them.

Our nasturtiums have been amazing this year. Having seen the frost I thought they might have withered this morning, but this one, and all the others, is still standing proud. The colours have ranged from Jaffa to Citron with a bit of Tomato, Plum and Copper thrown in. Don’t be surprised if you see a blanket in the making before this time next year.

By the way, if you are in need of yarn now is the time to buy it. Deramores have one of their lovely sales. I’ve already placed my order! If the cold weather continues I’ll need to make lots of blankets to keep me warm while I’m busy!

 

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